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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland

The Frost Wire Fence Company

Remarkable Progress of one of Welland’s Newest and Growing Industries

[Souvenir of the Town of Welland, issues August 22,1902 by the Welland Telegraph, Sears & Sawle, Publishers]

Nearly every land owner throughout the settled parts of Canada, is fully aware that the enclosing of farm and other properties, by wire fencing, is more practical, beautifying economical and serviceable than any other known method, involving any or all of these essentials. These facts have become apparent in its adoption by the leading railways of the continent, as well as municipalities and private individuals, who recognize the advantages derived by its use, and it has led to the creation of an industry by itself.

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M. Beatty & Sons, Foundry and Machine Shops

[Souvenir of the Town of Welland, issued August 22, 1902 by the Welland Telegraph, Sears & Sawle, Publishers]

One of the principal, in fact the leading industry of Welland, and which has been a potent factor in the town’s business development, is that of Messrs M Beatty & Sons’ foundry and machine shop. This is not only from the fact that it furnishes employment to from sixty to a hundred skilled mechanics, but that its products permeates every section of the Dominion and even to Newfoundland.

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COAL AND LUMBER

[Welland Tribune, 26 December 1902]

             W.H. Crow, coal and lumber merchant, Welland, takes pleasure in thanking those who patronized him this year as well as those in previous years.  I always try to please and satisfy those who favor me with their trade, and give good value for every dollar’s worth of goods, and to deal as if I were the purchaser. I always buy in the very lowest markets, mostly for cash, and give my customers the benefit of my money and experience. As you all know coal has been very scarce and high, but not as dear as in many places. I have been more successful than most dealers and have already had thirteen cars of coal, and several cars on the way. In order to satisfy all orders, and especially my regular customers, I have been obliged to deal it out in small quantities. I expect plenty in a few days so that all who are in immediate need can be supplied. I have a tremendous stock of all kinds of lumber and shingles and will sell at a cut price till January 1st.

Wishing one and all a Merry Xmas and many happy returns of 1903 -W.H. Crow

SHELTER FOR MARKET

[Welland Tribune, 26 December 1902]

              Messrs. L.V. Garner and Geo. Sutherland, who have been soliciting subscriptions toward building shelter for the live stock market, expected to complete their canvas this afternoon and will have about $150 or $160. The proposed sheds will cost about $200 but the town will no doubt give aid. The general opinion is that good sheds to shelter the stock is all that is needed to make the market a success.

SANTA CLAUS IN TROUBLE

[Welland Tribune, 26 December 1902]

              Mr. Clarence Morin was severely but not dangerously burned on Christmas eve. He was at the residence of Mr. H.L. Frost, impersonating Santa Claus at a Christmas tree function. The tree caught fire from one of the candles, and Clarence’s Santa Claus beard and other fixtures ignited from the blaze. For a few moments Clarence was enveloped in fire, but fortunately through the presence of mind of those present the flames were quickly smothered. One side of his face and one arm, however, were severely burned, but we are glad to know that the injuries are not dangerous nor likely to leave permanent results.

             A heavy curtain which had been used to smother the flames was thrown out on the back verandah, and no further attention was paid to it until Willie Sidey came to the door and said the verandah was afire. The curtain had had some fire in it when thrown out and it took several pails of water to extinguish the fire in the verandah.

FIRE – The Flynn Place Burned

[People's Press, 23 December 1902]

             About 9 o’clock yesterday morning fire broke out in the house occupied by John McNally, on Dennistoun street, in the third ward, near the fair grounds.

             Smoke had been noticed for some time before but no further notice was taken, as the occupants were thought to be at home at this time. It seems that a large wood fire had been left burning in the stove in the board kitchen and all were away from the house. Hence the fire. Hose carts Nos. 3 and 4 answered to the call, but owing to the bad condition of the roads, and the long distance to be traversed, considerable time elapsed before connection was made to the hydrant at the corner of Jane and Dennistoun streets. After the 500 feet of one hose cart had been laid, there was still about 100 feet of ground to be covered which was made up from the other cart.

             By this time the fire had got quite a start, and was fast making headway. The firemen worked hard but their task was difficult. At last they succeeded in chopping holes in the main road, and a stream of water was soon pouring through. The fire was then checked, and soon extinguished.

             All Mr. McNally’s kitchen articles and furniture were destroyed, but most of the stuff upstairs and in the main part of the house was saved, but damaged. Mr. McNally’s loss is estimated at $200; no insurance.

             The building might as well have burned down as it was practically destroyed. Brown Bros. of town owned the building estimated at between $500 and $600. Insured in the Liverpool, London and Globe Co. for $300.

Fire: 22 December1902

 

REGISTRAR APPOINTED

[Welland Tribune, 19 December 1902]

             The appointment of Mr. J.C. Crow of Pelham to be registrar for Welland County has been made, and it is understood as previously announced in this paper that Mr. Geo. Elliot of Port Robinson will probably be named as deputy registrar. Mr. Crow has acted as a conveyancer for years, and is thoroughly conversant with the land and municipal laws. Probably outside of the legal profession there is not in the whole Province of Ontario a person better qualified for the office of registrar than Mr. Crow. He will be a welcome and influential addition to our town. Mr. Elliot’s appointment will be extremely popular and appropriate.

THE REGISTRARSHIP

The Appointment May Be Made This Week

[Welland Telegraph, 21 November 1902]

              It is stated from “inside” sources that the appointment to the vacant registrarship will probably be made this week and if it is made the plum will go to Mr. J.C. Crow. Mr. Gross, M.P.P., has positively refused to accept Mr. Crow’s appointment but the Hon. Harcourt is pushing it through in spite of all obstacles. Mr. Gross stated in the Telegraph yesterday that if the appointment was made contrary to his recommendation, he would call a county convention and lay his resignation before the gathering.

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

[Welland Tribune, 12 September 1902]

              During the severe thunder storm that struck this section about eight o’clock on Wednesday morning, the grain warehouse owned by Mr. R. Cooper, near the G.T.R. station, was struck by lightning and considerable damage done. The flash struck the ridge of the roof at the east end of the building, separated, making a large rip on each side of the building, then passed along the eave trough to the ground. Fortunately the building did not take fire and the roof is really heavily insured. The upper storey however was filled with grain.

G.T.R. FREIGHT SHEDS BURNED

A Hot Blaze Tuesday Morning That Brings Losses to Many Firms-

Most of Them Will Recover Damages

[Welland Telegraph, 12 September 1902]

              The first fire accompanied by any serious loss which has visited Welland in some months, occurred early Tuesday morning when the Grand Trunk freight sheds were entirely destroyed. The fire was a hot one and exceedingly dangerous to surrounding property, but fortunately it was confined to the building in which it originated. The total loss will be about $1,000 and it was insured.

             About 1.40 Tuesday morning Chief Forde, who was on the west side of the canal, noticed a light in the east end of the town. He watched it for a moment and concluded it was a fire. In a short time the alarm was awakening those who could hear it, and not long after the boys turned out and had two streams on the burning building. But it was impossible to save the shed or anything that was in it.

             The fire started on the south end, presumably from a spark from a passing engine. By the time it was discovered the one end was enveloped, and before the water was turned on the whole structure was burning fiercely. Inside was a lot of inflammable articles, including a tank and several cans of oil. When the fire struck these the flames shot 50 or 60 feet in the air.

             The wind was blowing a gale at the time and at first blew the flames onto several of the surrounding buildings and houses, but though they ignited in several places, the small flames were extinguished without difficulty. Later the wind shifted and that is probably what saved the station. The firemen were able to prevent the fire spreading to the cars on the siding and in an hour had it out.

             The loss effects several of the merchants in town who had goods in the shed, but most of them will be able to recover damages. A few who had received notice of the arrival of goods more than 24 hours previous will have to stand the loss themselves.

             The principal shipments were:-Frost Wire Fence Co., about $100 worth of fencing and gates; R. Morwood Co., about $50 worth of goods; The Ross Co., about $60 worth of dry goods; S.P. Gourley, St. Catharines, two bath tubs; Peat Fuel Co., 47 sacks of peat; J.B. Taylor & Co., several cases of glass ware; E. Brasford, a buggy; J.M. Livingstone, an organ. In addition to these there were a lot of smaller shipments, and a bicycle belonging to Agent Ouellette, another belonging to Mrs. Phin and a trunk of clothes belonging to Mr. A.T. Krafft.

             On Tuesday Inspector Schneckenburger visited the scene of the fire and prepared his report.

             A temporary shed will be put up immediately to shelter shipments while a new shed is being erected.